Global appeal for library calendar as sales hit Miami

MEMORY LANE -- the front cover of the Hucknall Library Heritage Collection 2012 calendar shows the landmark venue around 1914. The special edition is now attracting interest from across the world.
MEMORY LANE -- the front cover of the Hucknall Library Heritage Collection 2012 calendar shows the landmark venue around 1914. The special edition is now attracting interest from across the world.
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A COMMEMORATIVE calendar which celebrates the 125th anniversary of historic Hucknall Library has attracted interest from across the world.

The Hucknall Library Heritage Collection 2012 calendar has been published by Notts County Council and includes several iconic images from yesteryear in Hucknall.

And library bosses say that interest in the calendar has been so varied that copies have been snapped up in a number of different countries as well as here in the UK.

Hucknall Library manager Sharon Wells said: “We had lots of customers coming in to buy them to send to family and friends who live abroad.

“The places were so varied we decided to get a map and plotted where customers said they were sending them.

“The calendars went as far afield as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Isle of Wight, Germany and America as well as all over Britain.

“One really nice story was of a lady and gentleman who came in to buy the calendar as a surprise Christmas present for friends living in Miami.

“These customers were flying out there to visit their friends and wanted to hand the calendar over to them as soon as they had landed.”

The front cover of the calendar is of Hucknall Library, taken around 1914, and because we are now into January, the calendar is now priced at just £2 for the remaining few copies.

The landmark venue on Market Place, which is one of Nottinghamshire County Council’s oldest purpose-built libraries, was constructed in 1886.

It was given to Hucknall by J.E.Ellis and H.B.Paget, two partners in the Hucknall Colliery Company, who were key benefactors to the town.

The library was extended in 1972 with a full upgrade in 2000 and it received a £42,000 makeover in May 2010.

“We were delighted to produce this commemorative calendar and we hoped it would be popular,” added Sharon.

“Hucknall Library is a fantastic place to work and we are glad it has been well received.

“It is also a good way to begin our build up to our 125-year celebrations and we have a series of events planned.

“There are still some copies of the calendar left and it should help to cover the cost of the project.”

Pictures featured in the calendar are courtesy of the website, picturethepast.org.uk.